Zenith Cruise Review by PaulnKarl
- Sail Date: October 2017
- Destination: Caribbean
We had cabin 1107 - a family balcony. Cabins are only cleaned once a day, but our cabin steward Eduardo was great. Bathrooms are small. Balcony was weathered, but useable.
Buffet dining surpasses any ship I've been on (we've done most mainstream cruises). The buffet area is compact but complimented by two covered terraces on the back of the ship. The dining room service was good, the food was often the same as served in the buffet. There is no late night food anywhere on the ship. Morning coffee starts as 7 p.m. Food service closes at 10 a.m. 2nd dining however is at 9.30 p.m.
Embarkation was superb, however getting in and out of Dominican Republic is something else. If you stay for more than 24 hours you have to buy a $10 tourist card, plus pay $20 import tax before boarding the ship. Prepaid shuttle from airport to ship is the best way to travel, then take a Santo Domingo excursion on the last day. Ship leaves at 9 p.m. and gets back at 9 a.m. Everyone was off by 11 a.m.
Enrichment activities were limited. My partner did the yoga class on four days. No art auction, no hard selling. There was a cooking show in which both cruise director and captain participated in. There were daily craft workshops and spa seminars.
The Entertainment team and Animation team were outstanding. Only one show a night in between 1st and 2nd dining, but three of them - the Halloween show, the Abba show and the Rock Never Dies were great. Lots of interaction between crew and passengers.
Neither of us speak Spanish but rarely did we feel excluded. Staff remembered us through the week. The coffee lounge was a great hub. Most of the specialty coffees are included, as are cocktails and some wines and liquors. Disco seems underused and didn't start until 11.30 p.m. Theme nights every night - Gala (one formal), tropical, terror, white, black & white and rock.
Great itinerary - Martinique, Barbados, Grenada & St. Vincent. We booked the Island tour in Barbados, and Spice & Rum tour in Grenada. Great fun. Wished we'd have done an excursion in St. Vincent. Beware - excursions are in Spanish, however English is the first language for the tour guides - a bizarre scenario. (Martinique is French).
Best value for money. Wide age range though not many kids. Singles rates are really good, therefore many single travelers on board.
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